Australia news April 9, 2013

Krejza loses Tasmania contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

The former Test offspinner Jason Krejza faces an uncertain future after he was not offered a contract with Tasmania for the coming season. The state contracting window opened last week and although the full squad is yet to be named, Cricket Tasmania has confirmed that Krejza and the allrounder Matt Johnston would not be part of the squad for next summer.

The decision means Krejza, 30, could be forced to move interstate in an effort to keep his first-class career alive after a disappointing 2012-13 with the ball. Although Krejza made a career-best 118 not out during the Sheffield Shield season and topped Tasmania's batting averages with 242 runs at 80.66, his primary role as a bowler did not bring enough rewards: he took only five wickets at 73.40 in four games.

It was the second consecutive below-par summer for Krejza, who in 2011-12 collected seven Shield wickets at 63.57. Although he burst on to the Test scene in 2008 with 12 wickets on debut against India in Nagpur, Krejza was dropped after one more Test and his first match in the baggy green remains the only first-class game in which he collected five wickets in an innings.

Overall, his first-class figures do not make impressive reading: in 54 appearances he has taken 114 wickets at 49.59. Although he was part of Australia's World Cup squad in 2011, Krejza has slipped considerably from international contention and has spent the past few seasons struggling to unseat Xavier Doherty as Tasmania's first-choice spinner.

Krejza joined Tasmania in 2006-07 after moving from New South Wales, while the allrounder Johnston was also an interstate import, having signed with the Tigers in 2011-12 after beginning his career with Western Australia. Johnston, 27, has been delisted after making limited appearances for Tasmania over the past couple of seasons.

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  • Josh on April 15, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Sad to see Krazy moved on, he's been an honest toiler for Tassie and played a massive part on the road to Shield victory last season with the bat. This can only be good for the development of Harry Allanby though, would be interesting to see him get a few more games next season.

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    I once thought that Krezja was the best off spinner in Australia a few years ago. To me, he was the only one who turn the ball. The others just changed their pace up which meant they were affective only in limited overs cricket. Doherty and Hauratz are prime examples of that. Krezja completely lost his skill about 5 years ago. I am not sure what happened. Such a shame, showed a lot of potential a few years ago.

  • Rohan on April 12, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    At least Crazy spins the ball! Doherty only wishes he could!

  • Simon on April 11, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Statistically a better bowler than Doherty, (season average 73 vs Doherty's 80) and a far better batsmen.

  • Tim on April 11, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    In the end he'd struggle to make the top ten spinners in Australia. Still I think he's worth a contract somewhere. Maybe in Perth or back to NSW. Personally I think a new Sheffield shield team is essential though and he'd walk into a new squad.

  • Pete on April 10, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    I would love to see an expanded Shield with maybe a Territories team (playing a sort of ambassadorial/scouting role in Darwin and Alice, and based in Canberra), and three NZ teams (North, Strait [with maybe a Pac Islands remit, too], South) would offer some colour. I know that overrepresents NZ, but they are a Test country. Play each team once - nine matches - then a final five using deliberately bowler-friendly pitches. Would still lose money, but be good for development.

  • Matt on April 10, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Looks like a horrible team there @Buckers410. There is a reason why they have all been delisted and not wanted by their previous states.

    Anyway, if ACT was to get a team, they deserve more than having a few has beens/never was players from other states.

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    They need to produce more spin tracks in shield cricket, it's just embarrassing when you have spinners averaging 45+; don't produce every track for quicks

  • wayne on April 10, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Buckers410 - I'm on the record as saying I'd love to see a new Shield team based in the ACT, but I'd rather have it more stacked with young talent, less so with delisted players (although a few high profile poachings wouldn't go astray)! On topic, having seen Krejza bowl in the last couple of years, it was only a matter of time before he lost his contract - runs are handy, but he's there primarily to take wickets. Might be worth noting that the game where he made this season's ton was also a game where Trent Copeland likewise made triple figures. Something in that? Maybe.

  • Ronald on April 10, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    'Krazy' has been a solid performer for Tassie over the years. While his figures may not reflect it, he always took wickets or scored runs when they were needed. It will be a shame to see him go.